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Will BP Go the Way of Exxon--Again?

Posted May 26, 2010 | 14:08:50 (EST)

Fact of the Day: J.P. Morgan invented credit-default swaps to extend Exxon a $5 billion line of credit in case it had to pay out the court judgment against it in the Valdez disaster.

ExxonMobil's shareholders will gather today in Dallas. Presumably, they will fête the

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Will Exxon and Goldman choose our next president?

Posted January 22, 2010 | 14:03:39 (EST)

The Supreme Court didn't just open the floodgates yesterday, it breached the dam that has held back untold sums of special interest cash for the better part of a century. While the full legal ramifications of yesterday's sweeping ruling in Citizens United aren't yet clear and the political consequences are...

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Of Climate Deniers and "Hitler Youth"

Posted December 11, 2009 | 12:02:57 (EST)

Notorious climate denier Lord (or Viscount, according to the Guardian) Monckton caused heads to shake on Wednesday when he referred to youth climate activists as "crazed Hitler Youth" for crashing an event sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, the infamous Big Oil-backed front group that is trying to kill...

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Clean Energy Bill Key to Jobs Growth, Manufacturing Says Michigan Gov.

Posted October 5, 2009 | 15:57:15 (EST)

If there's anyone that knows anything about job losses and the decline of American manufacturing, it's Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. Her long-suffering state of Michigan leads the nation with a whopping 15.2 percent unemployment rate (the rate in metro Detroit tops 17 percent). In August alone, Michigan lost...

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Townhall Mobs -- Brought to You by Big Oil and Dirty Coal

Posted August 7, 2009 | 16:14:12 (EST)

House GOP Leader John Boehner promised Democrats a "long, hot August." And the corporate special interests that bankroll the conservative movement have not disappointed. They appear willing to go to any length to stop President Obama's agenda -- even if that means outright fraud in some cases.

Each day...

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The Rabid Right

Posted July 24, 2009 | 14:43:26 (EST)

From top to bottom this week, the right-wing was all atwitter (literally) when it came to energy and climate issues. All of the activity did nothing so much as to underscore just how truly out of touch many conservatives are on these critically important issues.

The Tea Party set turned...

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Half-Baked Alaska

Posted July 17, 2009 | 16:23:32 (EST)

She was for it before she was against it. (After she didn't believe in it.)

Aside from incessant twittering, we hadn't heard too much from Sarah Palin since her courageous decision to abandon her position as governor of Alaska. At the time, her spokesperson insisted that...

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Conservative Jokers Attack ACES

Posted July 10, 2009 | 17:57:33 (EST)

In the two weeks after the historic House vote on a comprehensive clean energy and climate plan, conservatives and the far-right tea bag set have nearly self-immolated over what they see as the latest socialist plot to destroy America, one wind turbine and energy efficient hot tub at a time....

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A Desperate Fili-Boehner to Stop Clean Energy

Posted June 26, 2009 | 21:15:38 (EST)

An embattled conservative minority that is out of ideas and beholden to Big Oil, Dirty Coal, and other polluters threw everything they had at the comprehensive clean energy jobs plan passed by the House of Representatives. But Minority Leader John Boehner sank to a new low in the clean energy...

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Big Coal Writing House GOP Talking Points on Clean Energy Bill

Posted June 19, 2009 | 14:44:15 (EST)

Dirty energy interests have long held sway with the GOP's leading figures. In fact, we don't even have to merely speculate that the Bush-Cheney energy policy was written both by and for the coal, oil, and nuclear industries. We have proof.

And now we have proof that Big Coal...

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VIDEO: Big Oil CEO Agrees to Lobby Against Coal with Sierra Club

Posted June 11, 2009 | 14:27:50 (EST)

Over a year ago, shareholder activist, current Sierra Club director, and past Sierra Club President Larry Fahn challenged the CEO of Chevron to a debate with Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope. After a year of dithering and delay from Chevron, Pope and Chevron CEO Dave O'Reilly finally met last...

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House GOP on Energy: All Hat, No Cattle

Posted May 22, 2009 | 17:04:41 (EST)

As a fellow blogger wrote today, the minority on the House Energy & Commerce led by "Smokey Joe" Barton of Texas (R-Big Oil) turned out to be all hat and no cattle when it came to stopping the comprehensive clean energy jobs plan that passed the committee 33-25 last...

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The Faux MB Environmental Scandal That Wasn't

Posted May 15, 2009 | 17:46:37 (EST)

Like most of the rest of the DC enviro set, I spent Tuesday morning waiting with baited breath for details of the compromise around the Waxman-Markey clean energy and climate bill to come over the transom. But then midway through the morning the blogs and newswires were suddenly atwitter with...

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House GOP on Clean Energy: Lights, Camera, Inaction!

Posted May 1, 2009 | 18:08:40 (EST)

It would truly take a production worthy of Broadway to convince the public that what we heard from House conservatives (and Newt Gingrich) last week was anything but a re-tread of the failed Dick Cheney/drill, baby, drill energy non-solutions they've been pushing for at least a decade now. So...

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Newt King Coal & Other Big Oil Buffoons

Posted April 24, 2009 | 14:51:33 (EST)

This week, the defenders of dirty energy really, really outdid themselves in their efforts to try and derail the clean energy jobs plan currently starting to wend its way through the House of Representatives. The House Energy & Commerce Committee held a marathon series of hearings on the plan,...

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EPA Regulations Will Destroy Economy, Says GOP

Posted April 22, 2009 | 19:27:01 (EST)

When I first saw the Earth Day message from House GOP Leader John Boehner come across my Twitter feed, I almost thought it was a joke. Boehner's blog basically outlines the main argument for letting the Environmental Protection Agency move forward with regulations to limit global warming pollution: that...

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April's Climate Fool: Marc Morano

Posted April 10, 2009 | 16:59:10 (EST)

The most denying-est denier of all, Marc Morano, former flak to Senator James Inhofe launched a new denialist website this week called Climate Depot (and no, I won't link to it). It promises to give climate the ol' "fair and balanced" treatment, which apparently means the usual denialist dreck...

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Michael Steele Punk'd by Dead Vikings

Posted March 20, 2009 | 15:40:26 (EST)

Everyone's favorite GOP muppet, RNC Chairman Michael Steele, really managed to outdo himself this week. And considering how things have gone for him so far, that's really saying something.

Your correspondent is not sure whether it's good or bad for Mr. Steele that he hosted an entire 2-hour radio show...

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Virtual Clean Car Show Proves That California Global Warming Standards Are Doable--Today

Posted March 5, 2009 | 11:31:16 (EST)

Today the Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public hearing (almost a novelty after 8 years of utter disregard for the public's opinion) here in D.C. to review the Bush administration's unlawful denial of the Clean Air Act waiver that California needs to move forward with its landmark global...

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Coal Industry Front Group CEO Refuses to Say Whether Burning Coal Causes Global Warming (VIDEO)

Posted March 4, 2009 | 13:56:43 (EST)

This morning, CNN ran a piece featuring Bruce Nilles, Director of Sierra Club's Move Beyond Coal Campaign, discussing the fabulous new Reality Coalition (of which Sierra Club is also a part) anti-"clean coal" ad. The new ad, directed by the Academy Award-winning Coen Brothers, has generated

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